Question: The soul that has not practiced Yoga or any kind of spirituality, what is its condition after death?Sri Chinmoy: If someone has not practiced Yoga, his soul will not be able to go to the higher planes. Ordinary people, when they die, do not go to the higher planes of consciousness, as do persons who have practiced Yoga. Again, the mere practice of Yoga is, in itself, not enough to go to the higher planes. Anybody can start with Yoga, practice it for a month, a year or ten years, but that is not enough. If one has achieved something in the spiritual life, in the inner life, say Light, Peace, Bliss in abundant measure, then naturally the soul of that person will be able to go back up to the higher levels which he experienced in his earthly life. It depends on the individual, how much he has achieved in the spiritual life. The soul of an ordinary, unaspiring person will not and cannot go very high. There are seven higher worlds and seven lower worlds. In one of these worlds, one has to have one’s station. As a result of his karma on earth, on his level of spiritual achievement and development, the soul of man enters into the world or worlds which he rightly deserves.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 4, No. 2,3, Sep. — 27 Oct. 1968, AUM Centre Press, 1968